I wanted an aerial for portable use, so I thought I’d try a kit from Sotabeams, called a Linked Dipole Kit.

It contains all of the pieces to allow you to make up a multi-band dipole, using crocodile clips to connect together the sections of the elements, tuning for different bands.

I made mine for 17m, 20m and 40m.  Putting it on the air, with a lightweight fishing pole as a mast, it worked pretty well.

The kit can be bought from here

You can listen to my feature on this aerial on the ICQPodcast here.

My New Year’s present to myself is a Yaesu FT-DX3000

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It’s got lots of bells and whistles I need to learn about, so will no doubt be reading the manual for weeks.

So far it’s very impressive. The receiver can pick up things my old Kenwood TS570 couldn’t hear.


Having spent quite a few years using Microsoft Flight Simulator X on various laptops, I thought it was time to get a proper PC and controls.

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I’ve quickly realised that flying fully “manual”, is a lot harder than it looks.

The guys at Angle of attack have created some great free instructional videos, which they call “Aviator 90”.  Have a look here.